N.Y. Power Authority Welcomes Rochester Business Leader As Newest Member Of NYPA Board Of Trustees

Michael Saltzman

June 28, 2011


LEWISTON—The newest trustee of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)—R. Wayne LeChase of Monroe County—participated in his first NYPA board meeting today, with his fellow trustees welcoming him at their regularly scheduled meeting held this month at the Niagara Power Project, as NYPA marked the hydroelectric facility’s 50th anniversary. 

LeChase is the chairman of a Rochester-headquartered construction management company—LeChase Construction Services LLC—and a single-minded activist in promoting economic growth in Western New York and throughout New York State.  

On June 15, the New York State Senate confirmed the nomination by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of LeChase to the seven-member NYPA board. This followed approvals by the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.   

“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Wayne for many years and can attest to his exceptional qualities,” Michael J. Townsend, NYPA chairman, said. “His experience in construction will inform his oversight and review, as a NYPA trustee, of many of the engineering and design activities that the Authority is engaged in, from upgrading generating and transmission facilities to energy efficiency improvements at public facilities throughout the state. Wayne’s tireless efforts as a community leader in advancing economic development are also closely aligned with NYPA’s emphasis on creating and protecting jobs from its lower cost power allocations. He is a welcome addition to the NYPA board, and is joining us at a propitious moment as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Niagara project.” 

LeChase’s term on the NYPA board runs to May 2014. In addition to Townsend, of Fairport, Monroe County, the other members of the board are Jonathan F. Foster (vice chairman) and Mark O’Luck—both of New York City; D. Patrick Curley, Orchard Park, Erie County; Judge Eugene L. Nicandri, Massena, St. Lawrence County; and John S. Dyson of Millbrook, Dutchess County.  Under the New York State Public Authorities Law, the board is charged with the oversight of NYPA’s senior management. 

LeChase Construction, which was founded more than 66 years ago by LeChase’s father, has built hundreds of buildings throughout New York and other areas in the eastern part of the country, as well as overseas.  In addition to its headquarters in Rochester, the firm has offices in Albany, Binghamton, Corning, Ithaca and Syracuse. 

The company’s emphasis on sustainable building practices is reflected by its completion of numerous projects that have received certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in the not-for-profit organization’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. 

LeChase joined the family-run construction business in 1981 after serving as a partner for nearly a decade in the law firm of LaDuca, Offen and LeChase.

He was named last year to Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Business Advisory Council, headed by Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy. 

Among the honors LeChase has received are: his being inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2005; his receipt of the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Business in 2004; and the Alfred University Galanis Excellence in Family Business Award in 2003. 

LeChase currently serves as chairman of the Greater Rochester Enterprise, a regional economic development organization, and is active on a number of boards of trustees.  Over the years, he also has been engaged in work to benefit cancer research and care, among other philanthropic activities.  

LeChase received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University, in University Heights, Ohio, in 1965, and his Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1968.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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